14 Aug: New Features in ABAP 7.4 – Conditional Logic

With the new conditional code constructs in ABAP 7.2 and ABAP 7.4 we have the ability to create ABAP code with fewer statements for the same functionality, without compromising readability of the code. New boolean functions like XSDBOOL, and new conditional operators such as SWITCH and COND allow us more flexibility and extensibility when developing and maintaining our ABAP code.

18 Jul: New Features in ABAP 7.4 – Calling Methods and Functions

With the new code constructs in ABAP 7.2 and ABAP 7.4 we have the ability to create ABAP code with fewer statements for the same functionality, without compromising readability of the code. METHOD CHAINING can make our code shorter, easier to read, and easier to maintain. INLINE DECLARATIONS can help us avoid TYPE MISMATCH errors. And using a CONSTRUCTOR OPERATOR can save us time by eliminating lines of code while increasing the readability of our code.

13 Jun: New Features in ABAP 7.4 – String Processing

With the new string options like String Templates, Chaining of strings, and embedded expression string functions, we have the ability to create ABAP code with fewer statements for the same functionality, without compromising readability of the code. If you’re working on a ABAP 7.02 – 7.04 based system, I would start using new ABAP coding because they will improve your speed of development and make your programs better maintainable.

15 May: New Features in ABAP 7.4 – Declaring and Creating Variables

As time has gone by, more and more commands and constructs have been added to the ABAP language. While many changes came as a result of the introduction of SAP NetWeaver 7.02, that is nothing compared to the deluge of change that came with version 7.4. Inline ABAP DATA declarations are a new concept introduced in release 7.4 which allows you to declare your internal table variables or work areas within the code that uses them. This is done simply by adding the DATA(wa_data) or @DATA(it_data) statements.

17 Apr: New Features in ABAP 7.4 – Database Access

As time has gone by, more and more commands and constructs have been added to the ABAP language. While nothing has been taken away, this is to ensure backward compatibility, the rate of change seems to be accelerating. While many changes came as a result of the introduction of SAP NetWeaver 7.02, that is nothing compared to the deluge of change that came with version 7.4.

13 Sep: Layer-Aware Debugging (SLAD) in SAP Demystified

How many of us have had this happen during debugging? You need to analyze a bug, or you want to find out how an application works. And you don’t know where exactly to set a breakpoint. So you start the ABAP Debugger and start stepping through the code. And you keep on stepping through the code, endlessly, without reaching any of the application logic in which you are interested! Well there is a solution and its Software Layer-Aware Debugging (SLAD), sometimes referred to as Profile Controlled Debugging.